"The Questionnaire"

The Guardian Weekend, 21 November 1992
p.62: a regular column, by Rosanna Greenstreet


Siouxsie Sioux, 35, was born Susan Dallion in south London. She attended Mottingham Secondary Modern School for Girls in Kent and went on to work as a waitress. Siouxsie and the Banshees had their first hit in the autumn of 1978 and have just released a compilation album, Twice Upon a Time. Siouxsie is married and lives in France.

What is your idea of perfect happiness ?

It is only momentary, unless you live your life in a protected bubble, oblivious to pain, disgust, disillusionment, restlessness, loss.

What is your greatest fear ?

To be sustained on a life support machine without hope of recovery.

With which historical figure do you most identify ?

Luis Bunuel, for his humour and conviction. I like the story of him taking rocks to the preview of Un Chien Andalou, to pelt the critics when they showed disapproval. To his surprise they applauded.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself ?

I am a worrier maybe because I am a perfectionist.

What is the trait you most deplore in others ?


What is your greatest extravagance ?

Giving a 20-pound note to a toilet attendant six years ago. The person before me was a pig and should have been hosed down on her way out.

What makes you depressed ?

Depression: it's a vicious circle.

What do you most dislike about your appearance ?

The space (lack of it) between my top lip and nose.

What is your favorite journey ?

A car trip to the Dead Sea from Tel Aviv, then back via Jerusalem and the Wailing Wall, to do a show. We nearly didn't make it !

What or who is the greatest love in your life ?

My husband for who and anything feline for what.

Which living person do you most despise ?

Anyone who is desperate to fit in with the pack mentality.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue ?


On what occasions do you lie ?

To save a friend's feelings.

Which words or phrases do you most over-use ?

Maybe I guess, fuck it, bollocks, never, are we there yet ?

What is your greatest regret ?

Not being able to quiz my father, when I was older. He died when I was 14.

What single thing would most improve te quality of your life ?

Being bilingual.

Which talent would you most like to have ?

To put into practice with ease my musical ideas on guitar and piano. It's really frustrating with my limited ability and reliance on a band member to act as interpreter.

What would your motto be ?

Something isn't better than nothing.

What keeps you awake at night ?

Mentally going over lists I've made of things to do the next day.

How would you like to die ?

By spontaneous combustion.

How would you like to be remembered ?

As a thorn in the side of mediocrity.

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